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25 July 2022

Type of early-onset dementia now more detectable

Researchers and clinicians at the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Centre have developed a free, online, clinician-administered tool that could greatly increase the likelihood of early detection of primary progressive aphasia, paving the way for enhanced treatment.
19 July 2022

State of the Environment: report findings

The number of Australia's threatened species rose eight percent since 2016 and climate change is increasing pressure on every ecosystem. These are among the findings of Australia's highly anticipated 2021 State of Environment report, released today by the federal government.
18 July 2022

That lone, craggy gum tree on a farm? It's a lifeline for koalas

Certain Eucalyptus trees on farms have added nitrogen due to the fertile soil. Despite dangers, koalas will travel from bushland to reach these trees and feed on their nutritious leaves. Farmers should pay heed to this, the University of Sydney researchers say.
17 July 2022

Sydney rocketry students announced as world champions

The USYD Rocketry Team was announced as the overall winner of the Spaceport America Cup intercollegiate rocketry competition, having competed in the 30,000 feet Commercial Off-The-Shelf launch and payload categories.
12 July 2022

What is foot-and-mouth disease?

Veterinary public-health expert Professor Michael Ward explains why the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease among Indonesian cattle has Australia on edge.

11 July 2022

Your brain is better at busting deepfakes than you

While observers can't consciously recognise the difference between real and fake faces, their brains can, University of Sydney research shows.
30 June 2022

'Long COVID' presents a major health challenge - how can Australia be prepared?

Triple vaccination seems to reduce the chance of long COVID - but we still need to prepare for a jump in cases, write researchers at the University of Sydney.

28 June 2022

Colonising sea urchins can withstand hot, acidic seas

Marine biologists have found that black sea urchins in the Mediterranean Sea are remarkably tolerant of warm, acidic water. As a colonising species, the urchins' adaptability could lead to an ecological disaster in our climate change-impacted seas.
21 June 2022

Fifth of global food-related emissions due to transport

Food transport constitutes 19 percent of food emissions, equivalent to 6 percent of emissions from all sources, new University of Sydney research finds.
20 June 2022

The Sydney student helping others reach university

A scholarship to the University of Sydney changed Kawana Crowe's life. Now the 20-year-old Wiradjuri woman from Macksville wants to help other rural, regional and Indigenous students find a pathway to university.